This 4-night walking break showcases one of Britain’s prettiest natural treasures, the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Allow the lush hills to beckon you with their peaceful winding streams, verdant dales, iconic drystone walls and traditional villages and farmsteads. From Turner’s immortal landscapes to the familiar scenes of Emmerdale and All Creatures Great and Small, it’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with Yorkshire.
Our gorgeous base is Eastfield Lodge in Wensleydale, just off the traditional market square of Leyburn, where hosts Henry Collett & Penny Knight will wrap you up in traditional Yorkshire hospitality. There’s a guided walk in the Yorkshire Dales each day with tea and cake at the end, and an informal Office Hour each evening where you can chat about the next day’s adventure over a relaxing drink. It’s the perfect way to explore our green and pleasant land!
At a glance
29 April – 03 May 2024
13-17 May 2024
10 – 14 June 2024
23 – 27 Sept 2024
Single Supplement – £145
Expect to walk for 4-6 hours each day, with between 160-512m of ascent.
4 nights accommodation – at Eastfield Lodge, Leyburn, including bed & breakfast (4 nights), evening dinner with wine (2 nights, Monday and Wednesday) and buffet style BBQ (Tuesday)
All guided walks – designed to give you the most memorable walks in the area
All Transport to/from trailheads – leave your car at the lodge !
Office Hours – Henry and Penny will provide a daily briefing on the next day’s guided walk Packed lunches – on each of your walk days
This holiday is based in Leyburn, which is easily accessible by car (less than 30 mins drive from the A1). The nearest mainline station is Northallerton. which is 30 mins from Leyburn by taxi.
Mon - Arrive & Settle in
Arrive at Eastfield Lodge in the afternoon (from 4pm) for homemade cookies and tea in the lounge. Time to settle in, explore the town or simply meet fellow guests. Join us in the evening for pre-dinner drinks and delicious canapes before a two course dinner to get to know each other better. We’ll brief you on the planned itineraries for the following day and be on hand to answer any questions during the evening.
Tue - Wensleydale and Coverdale
Route statistics: 7 miles / 11.2 km
This is a local walk reached after a short transfer by minibus to the historic grounds of Jervaulx Abbey dating back to 1156. The ruins are serene and tranquil despite the fact that this walk is often undertaken if the weather is challenging and a low, more sheltered valley walk seems wise. There is little ascent but much to see in Coverdale and Wensleydale along the way. The additional advantage of several places to take cover from the elements means this walk can be ideal as a first day taster of the local area, it’s history, villages and agriculture.
Evening – back at the Lodge in plenty of time for hot showers, tea and cake and tonight’s three course dinner, with wine included, to set you up for the next days walking.
Wed - Wharfedale and Littondale
Route statistics: 10 miles / 16km
This is a delightful and stunning walk with spectacular views into the u-shaped valley of Wharfedale, meaning winding river. A steady climb following an ancient drovers lane leads to the summit of Old Cote Moor and descends from there into Littondale. The village of Arncliffe, full of character, is often used in the filming of All Creatures Great and Small and also is home to The Falcon Inn, the original Woolpack from Emmerdale. Lunch on the green fuels us up the final hill back into Wharfedale and picturesque Kettlewell before jumping aboard the bus back to Leyburn.
Evening – the drying room at the lodge will provide the ideal place for wet boots to dry ready for the morning. Once walking kit is stowed away, another delicious cake and hot showers are in order before a two course supper is on offer and very much deserved.
Thur - The Swaledale Saunter
Route statistics: 12 miles / 19kms
It is always hoped that conditions will allow for a walk in a different Dale each day and Swaledale cannot be missed. As Wainwright’s favourite, it often leaves guests with unforgettable memories, beautiful photographs and a burning desire to return. We start with a gentle ascent to join the Pennine Way and skirt around Kisdon Hill before dropping down to a cascade of waterfalls on the edge of Keld. Rising again on a more significant climb through the narrow Swinner Gill brings you to the exposed hill top above Gunnerside and finally a dramatic wander down past the remains of the lead mining industry in this area to the village itself. It is always an option to be collected here and cut out the last section of the walk but the return to the start along the river and through the internationally renowned wildflower meadows is breath taking.
Evening – for our last evening, Henry will arrange for you all to dine at a local restaurant in the market town where you can celebrate the week together (pay locally)
Fri - Depart
After a leisurely breakfast, before your departure is an ideal opportunity to enjoy the local market held every Friday in the Square.
Just 250m from the picturesque market square of Leyburn, Eastfield Lodge is the perfect place to relax after an energetic day in the hills. Each of the 8 en-suite bedrooms is individually furnished with a focus on comfort and a good night’s sleep. The dining room at Eastfield is bright and sunny, with lovely views westwards towards Penhill. Here you can enjoy a hearty breakfast before venturing out. It’s just a few paces across the hall to our cosy sitting room, ideal for relaxing in front of the wood burning stove with a drink and a good book. It’s also the perfect spot for Office Hour and for chatting with guests over post-dinner nightcaps.
The hosts at Eastfield are Henry Collett and Penny Knight. You can rely on them for a warm welcome, a good breakfast each morning, a packed lunch for each of your walking days, and a 3-course dinner with complimentary wine on 2 nights of your stay. You’ll always be greeted with post-walk tea and cake, hot showers, and (when necessary!) a roaring fire and a warm drying room.
Need to Knows
Itinerary: As the weather in the Dales can change suddenly and be extreme, this is only an indicative itinerary, and does not guarantee that a given route will be offered on a particular day, or indeed at all. While we do plan to offer these routes, the exact itinerary is always subject to change depending on the weather and the overall ability of the group.
Terrain: Our routes on this trip vary from well-trodden gravel tracks, rural mud footpaths, grassy fields, and open heather grouse moors to small sections on minor country roads. Some routes include short steep rocky ascents but will not require any scrambling. A reasonable level of fitness and some surefootedness is necessary but all walks are guided, so no navigation experience is needed.
Parking: Eastfield Lodge offers limited parking, and further free spaces are available a short walk away, in the town’s market square. Parking during the week within the National Park is usually £4.50 per day.
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